Upcoming Events

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Forums and other programs in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017:
For information about past forums, please select “Recent Events” from the sidebar menu.

browntail moth
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Invasive Insects
But Were Afraid to Ask…

featuring Browntail Moth – Coming to a Tree Near You!
Program Location: Page Farm and Home Museum
University of Maine

Join us to learn about the insects that are creeping, crawling, and winging their way into Maine. Charlene Donahue, Maine Forest Entomologist and President of the Maine Entomological Society will provide information about the species under surveillance, the ways they affect woodlands and other habitats, dangers they present to humans, and how these insect invaders are being monitored and managed.  The presentation will be followed by refreshments and a conversation about possible collaborative programs of the Friends of Dr. Edith Marion Patch and the Maine Entomological Society.
Charlene Donahue has been a Forest Entomologist with the Maine Forest Service for the past 22 years. She is currently responsible for statewide forest insect surveys, responding to forest pest problems across the state and curating the insect collection.  She holds a Masters degree in Entomology from the University of Maine and has been working in entomology in Maine for over 40 years.  Ms. Donahue also serves as a member of the Baxter State Park Scientific Advisory board, an adjunct curator at the Maine State Museum, and adjunct staff member at the University of Maine serving on graduate student committees.  On a lighter note, she is a founding member of SKEINS: Society of Knitting Entomologists in Northern States.


Rose Pogonia orchid commonly occurs in New England bogs and fens. Ron Davis photo.

Rose Pogonia orchid commonly occurs in New England bogs and fens. Ron Davis photo.

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00
The Annual Meeting and Randy Alford Memorial Presentation
Bogs and Fens: The Northeast’s Most Pristine Ecosystems
Program Location: Page Farm and Home Museum
University of Maine

Bogs and fens are wetlands underlain by deep water-saturated peat.  In the Northeast, at least 78 of them can be visited on boardwalks to see carnivorous plants, orchids, and uncommon bird species.  Dr. Ronald B. Davis, author of Bogs and Fens: A Guide to the Peatland Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada (University of New England Press, 2016), will describe some of the unique features of these beautiful and fascinating ecosystems, and illustrate his talk with outstanding photographs.
Dr. Davis is an emeritus professor in the School of Biology and Ecology and the Climate Change Institute of University of Maine.  He is an ecologist and naturalist who has taught about, researched, and published on the ecology and paleoecology of several of Maine’s major ecosystem types including peatlands, and on the impacts of acidic precipitation and land use practices on lakes in New England and Norway.
A brief business meeting  will follow the presentation, with time afterward for refreshments and informal discussion.


April, 2017
Twelfth Annual Earth Day Reception Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Edith Marion Patch

Program Location: Thomas Lynch University Club
Fogler Library, University of Maine
Celebrate with us as we honor the next generation of women in science at the University of Maine, presenting the Edith Patch Awards to outstanding undergraduate and graduate women in science, agriculture, engineering, and environmental education.


May, 2017
Insect Adventures!

Program Location: To Be Announced
In addition to her scientific research and writing, Dr. Edith Marion Patch was dedicated to sharing the wonderful world of insects with children, parents, and teachers. In this annual event, we’ll explore diverse habitats in search of insects and enjoy games, crafts, and stories about our six-footed neighbors!

Please check this page for details and updates on programs that are scheduled for the coming months!


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